In a chronologically ambitious essay, Heinz Schott illustrates that the imagination and even magnetic qualities in Paracelsus prefigured the "animal magnetism" described by the nineteenth-century figure Franz Anton Mesmer
Franz Anton Mesmer
presented 27 propositions about animal magnetism in his Memoire sur Ia Decouverte du Magnetisme Animal, published in 1779.
In the late eighteenth century, Franz Anton Mesmer
used bar magnets and hypnotic "animal magnetism" (mesmerization) to treat patients.
In 1774 the German physician and mystic Franz Anton Mesmer
(1734-1815) began to apply science to this by waving magnets over his patients, and effecting cures in some cases.